Search Results: "Luke LaMarca"


BOOK REVIEW

SQUID KID THE MAGNIFICENT by Lynne Berry
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 2, 2015

"Delightful brother-and-sister snark in squid form—yes, really. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In supersaturated oceanic color, squidling Oliver, purple and with top hat and wand, becomes Squid Kid the Magnificent after saying the magic words: "smelly yellow jellyfish." Read full book review >

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THE CURIOUS DEMISE OF A CONTRARY CAT by Lynne Berry
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"No pussyfooting around, this is an out-and-out outlandish, original opus of pure fun and witchery that will have kids spellbound. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Few creatures can flaunt disdain like a contrary cat, and this rhyming tale of a test of wills between Witch and her pet proves it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DAY RAY GOT AWAY by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 7, 2010

"Some may wish for a back story—or to know what happens to Ray as he continues sedately skyward—but small listeners who occasionally tire of holding hands every time they go out may find Ray's boldness thrilling and poetically liberating. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A huge yellow parade balloon manages to slip his tether and elude his handlers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW TO SURVIVE IN THE NORTH by Luke Healy
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Two parts historical, one part invention, a quiet contemplation and celebration of the tenacity of the human spirit. (afterword, author's note) (Graphic novel. 14 & up)"
Two early-20th-century expeditions intertwine with a 21st-century story in Healy's debut graphic novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NINJA ON THE FARM by Luke Flowers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Amusing and accessible. (Early reader. 6-8)"
Moby Shinobi, a young ninja, is eager to use his many skills to help Farmer Bob with his myriad chores. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HILDA AND THE BLACK HOUND by Luke Pearson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"Though definitely an underachiever when it comes to merit badges, Hilda's broad curiosity and willingness to stand up for the undergnome will make her a winner in most readers' eyes. (Graphic fantasy. 7-9)"
In a never-a-dull moment third outing, blue-haired Hilda joins Sparrow Scouts, finds out where lost household items go and meets some of Trolberg's supernatural residents. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOD - FACT OR FICTION by Luke Vandenberghe
Released: May 27, 2014

"A sharply written treatise dangerous for the weak of faith."
An atheist in full cry assembles scientific and historical evidence upholding his conviction that a supernatural God is a scientifically baseless human fantasy cynically upheld through the ages by bogus religions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BURNING GROUND by Pearl Luke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Grim, overwrought first novel heavily freighted with satanic symbolism and dirty thoughts. Luke's concise, vivid style is very much at odds with her subject."
Seven seasons in a fire tower haven't done much for the fragile sanity of Percy Turner. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ECHO CHAMBER by Luke Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2011

"Vivid but not quite magical enough."
In a discursive first novel with horrific undertones, empires crumble, a madman makes his wife a mechanical heart and a child emerges late and fatally from the womb. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COLD KILLING by Luke Delaney
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 21, 2013

"A plodding debut with lip-smacking, bloody reminiscences from the perp and dreary foul-ups from the cops."
A serial killer stalks London. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FORMULA by Luke Dormehl
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"The algorithmization of life reveals both good and dark sides, and in this lucid book, Dormehl, a good-sider, rightly cautions to never lose a measure of control."
The story of the myriad ways that algorithms are impacting our lives, from Fast Company senior writer Dormehl.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2016

"For those approaching or in the scrum of middle school, a positive reminder that the perfect middle school experience does not exist. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
With age-appropriate humor and insight, veteran teacher Reynolds offers advice aimed at assisting young people as they trek through the minefield that is middle school. Read full book review >